6-foot-4 / 220 pounds
Glen St. Mary (FL) / Baker County
Sirk continued his roles as the short yardage and goal line option for Duke during his redshirt sophomore season in Durham. He played in 12 games and rushed 47 times for 283 yards and eight touchdowns - the most of any Blue Devil runner. He also completed 10 of 14 passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns.
After serving two years as the backup, Sirk is now firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback at Duke. And, barring a major letdown, he’ll keep the job for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He’s the only active QB nationally to have produced two game-winning TDs (rush or pass) in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2014 as an exclusive reserve (zero starts)
Coach Cutcliffe made it very clear throughout the preseason that you haven’t seen the real Thomas Sirk yet. The Blue Devil head coach noted that Sirk has merely played the role the team needed. That role will change as will the demands on the 6-foot-4 signal caller this year. There are a number of questions raised by that goal, however. How good of a passer is he? How accurate? How quickly does he deliver the ball and to where? These are all things we haven’t seen to date, and will likely be the determining factor when measuring Duke’s success in 2015.
How he ended up in Durham
Sirk chose Duke over a number of other schools including Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Iowa State, Southern Mississippi, Troy, Central Florida, and others.
Coach’s Corner: ”We saw him on film and then scouted him. The sky is the limit for Thomas with his physical tools, and we saw that from the start. What we really liked was the way he played tough on every down. He's a really physical kid who extended plays and made plays on a regular basis. Last year was only his first season as a full-time quarterback and we see him as a big contributor who plays a lot of downs for us over the course of his career." - Kurt Roper on Sirk
High School Highlights
Four-year letterman at Baker County under coach Ryan Sulkowski ... helped Baker County to a four-year record of 34-9 ...as a senior, completed 141-of-207 (.681) pass attempts for 2,303 yards and 26 TDs while rushing 111 times for 1,018 yards and 17 TDs ... became the first player in Baker County history to throw for 2,000+ yards and rush for 1,000+ yards in a season ... established school single-game record for TD passes with six in a 61-0 win over Terry Parker on October 21, 2011 ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]